...Bake those "french fries" and save yourself 2.5 teaspoons of fat per serving.

French fries contain more than 12 grams of fat and 236 calories per serving. They're not exactly the kind of side dish you want to eat regularly if you're keeping an eye on your health or your trouser size. But you can eliminate almost all of the fat by making french fries yourself at home from whole potatoes.

Believe me, it's easy; we do it all the time. And if I can do it, you most certainly can. The result is crispy, thick, satisfying fries, unlike those soggy one you buy frozen. Give them a try.

1. Cut 1 pound of large red or white potatoes into fry-size strips. You don't even have to peel them if you don't feel like it.


2. Put the cut taters in a bowl and sprinkle with some black pepper and either cayenne pepper, paprika or chili powder.


3. Pour one beaten egg white over the fries and toss to cover evenly. (The egg white will make them crispy.)


4. Place the fries in a single layer on a cookie sheet that's lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping the pieces occasionally so they won't stick. They're done when they're golden brown on all sides.